Digestive Health Services

Preparing for Your Colonoscopy and/or Upper Endoscopy

Your doctor may order a colonoscopy or upper endoscopy for many different reasons – to screen for cancer; to identify the source and location of a gastrointestinal (GI) bleed; or to find out what may be causing other GI symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea or difficulty swallowing.

Sometimes, only one of these tests will be done but in some cases, both may be necessary. Colonoscopy looks for abnormal areas in the rectum and colon (large intestine) and upper endoscopy examines the esophagus, stomach and the first part of the small intestine (duodenum). Patients should carefully follow the preparation instructions for one or both tests, based on their doctor’s directions.


Instructions Specific to Your Exam

Detailed instructions about how to prepare for colonoscopy and/or upper endoscopy exams are provided in the following downloadable documents. Please be sure to review and carefully follow the instructions for the test(s) and the type of prep your doctor has ordered.

*Colonoscopy extended bowel preps may be recommended for patients with difficulty achieving good or excellent preparation results with the usual process and are for special circumstances.


Call for More Information

If you have questions about your exam, please call the number listed below for the facility at which you are scheduled at to have the exam:

Facility Facility address Facility phone number
UH Ahuja Medical Center 3999 Richmond Rd., Beachwood, OH 44122 216-593-5425
UH Bainbridge Health Center 8185 East Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH 44023 440-708-0582
UH Cleveland Medical Center Mather Pavilion, Suite 1300, 11100 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, OH 44106 216-844-1596
UH Conneaut Medical Center 158 West Main Rd., Conneaut, OH 44030 440-593-0330
UH Elyria Medical Center 630 East River St., Elyria, OH 44035 440-329-7536
UH Geauga Medical Center, a Campus of UH Regional Hospitals 13207 Ravenna Rd., Chardon, OH 44024 440-285-6180
UH Geneva Medical Center 870 West Main St., Geneva, OH 44041 440-415-0184
UH Mentor Surgery Center Suite 220, 9000 Mentor Ave., Mentor, OH 44060 440-205-4505
UH Minoff Health Center at Chagrin Highlands Suite 2200, 3909 Orange Pl., Orange Village, OH 44122 216-896-1886
UH North Ridgeville Health Center Suite 2400, 32800 Lorain Rd., North Ridgeville, OH 44039 440-406-5560
UH Parma Medical Center Suite 102, 6707 Powers Blvd., Parma, OH 44129 440-743-4013
UH Portage Medical Center 6847 North Chestnut St., Ravenna, OH 44266 330-297-2766
UH Richmond Medical Center, a Campus of UH Regional Hospitals 27100 Chardon Rd., Richmond Heights, OH 44143 440-585-6480
UH Samaritan Medical Center 1025 Center St., Ashland, OH 44805 419-207-2558
UH St. John Medical Center 29000 Center Ridge Rd., Westlake, OH 44145 440-827-5190
UH Suburban Health Center 1611 South Green Rd., South Euclid, OH 44121 216-691-0100, option 0
UH Westlake Surgery Center Suite 2200, 960 Clague Rd., Westlake, OH 44145 440-250-2431